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the state department released a review of the attack on the u.s. consulate benghazi and found, could come systemic failures and leadership management deficiencies. just after the report was released, as to state departments testified about the attack before the house foreign affairs committee. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] the committee will come to order. after recognizing myself and the ranking member for seven minutes each for our opening statement we will then hear from our witnesses, deputy secretary william burns and deputy secretary tom, no strangers to what is we can allow the members to question our witnesses correctly as soon as possible we will forgo additional billing statements and instead i will recognize each member for six minutes following the presentation by the witnesses fought secretary clinton was scheduled to be here today but we have had to reschedule if her parents do to the unfortunate injury for which we wish her a speedy and healthy recovery. she has a confirmed once again she has every intention of testifying before our committee by mid ja
her response to september terror attack in benghazi, libya. get the latest from the chief white house correspondent ed henry. good evening. >> good evening. this is a dramatic shift. the president caving on someone who he really wanted to install as the next secretary of state. i'm told by the top democrats he has been agonizing over this, privately in recent days because he wanted to give her this promotion. we know in the first post election news conference the president very aggressively defended susan rice against the attacks from republicans on the hill. over whether or not she misled the public about benghazi. saying i have every confidence he is can serve our country now and years in come. we reported earlier today this the top democrats tell me they believe that susan rice is a contender to become the national security advisor here at the white house. the key that she would not need senate confirmation for the post. rice noting to letter to the president potential filibuster from republicans we cannot afford irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the am
benghazi, her reaction to the terror attack, whether or not she misled the public. >> best assessment we have today is that in fact, this was not a pre-planned, premade titted -- premeditated attack. >> i am more troubled today, knowing, having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice. >> it was a pontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo, as a consequence of the video. >> the obsessive focus on ambassador rice's appearance on a series of sunday shows is misplaced and misguided. >> why did the administration pult her out there as the spokesperson? >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> susan rice should have known better. if she didn't know better, she's not qualified. >> but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation, based on intelligence that she had received that bemimped her reputation is outrageous. >> i am more disturbed now than i was before that the 16th of september explanation about how four americans died
the tragedy in benghazi that cost the lives of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. john kerry, a long-time member of the senate, head of the foreign relations committee, will have no problem winning confirmation of that body. that will reconclude a fight there. that was a fight the president really didn't want to have this early in what will be his second term. so we expect the nomination to come later today. whether or not the president announces it himself we have yet to hear. back to you. jenna: wendell goler, thank you. jon: let's talk about all this with chris wallace. he is of course the anchor of "fox news sunday". maybe the worst-kept secret in washington. everybody expected it was going to be john kerry. what does he bring to this post, chris? >> well he certainly brings experience. he has been a member of the senate a long time. he is chairman as wendell said of the senate foreign relations committee. he seems to have a good working relationship between president obama and his national security team. in fact obama has used him several times as a personal envoy to dea
captivity. the foreign correspondent lived through it. lawmakers await benghazi review. [ whistle blows ] hi victor! mom? i know you got to go in a minute but this is a real quick me, that's perfect for two! campbell's chunky beef with country vegetables, poured over rice! [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. >> bret: checking international headlines now. in mexico, a new twist in the fight of marine veteran john hammer who has been in a mexican prison for four months on what many call a trumped up federal weapons charge. his family received a new photo of him chained to a bed. in his prison cell. from anonymous e-mail. the first photo taken since he was locked up for trying to declare an antique gun at the border. hammer is set to appear in court on january 17. we are following this story. the state department has begun to implement recommendations to improve security at u.s. diplomatic missions. move called for by an independent panel set up to investigate the september 11 attack in benghazi, libya, that killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. cathe
? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the >>> the tide is beginning to turn as more pro-gun members come out in favor of new gun control laws. even senator casey of pennsylvania. is america ready to get serious about curbing gun violence? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the department made mistakes and must do better, but hillary clinton wasn't there today. >>> why are some on the right savaging former republican senator chuck hagel? he's emerged as a strong contender to be the next secretary of defense. >>> finally sarah palin pans "time" magazine's pick of person of the year. but wait until you hear her reasoning. it's straight out of the marx brothers, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> one of the highest profile election campaigns of the new year
of the episode that happened in benghazi, that's been kind of in turmoil. what happened? how was it that an american ambassador and three other mers died there? susan rice, who many think the president was nominating to be secretary of state, was back up on capitol hill during the week. did she help or hurt her case? >> well, apparently, according to the senators she met, she didn't do herself much good. but let's just say this about benghazi-- it's just not about susan rice. it's about a system that failed. the military failed. the intelligence community failed. before and during. this is about a system designed to protect us that completely broke down. the consulate should have been closeed in the first place. i can't believe we couldn't reinforce it in seven hours. and that's where i'm going to move to next. but as to susan rice, the story she told on your show and others on 16 september, after having looked at the intelligence that was available, does not remotely meet the truth. she said that the security at the consulate was strong, substantial recall and significant on
with a september 11, murder of four americans in benghazi. susan rice yesterday withdrew her name from consideration to be secretary of state. the move comes after weeks of criticism over comments that she made regarding the attack in benghazi, and an interview with brian williams, ambassador rice was asked if she was blameless for the controversy. >> i don't think that anybody is ever wholly blameless. but i didn't do anything wrong. i didn't mislead. i did not misrepresent. i did the best with the information that the united states government had at the time. lou: here is what ambassador rice did say. on september 16, only five days after benghazi meant to the best information and best assessment we have today, is that, in fact, this was not a pre-planned or premeditated attack. that would have been initially was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo, egypt. as a consequence of the video. >> as she said, no one has been blameless. joining us now is the fox news middle east analyst. it is great to have you with us. what is your reaction first to her claim that sh
for gormists to start asking questions. >> the whole issue of benghazi has been a tawdry affair. >> we do not intend to sfand by while ambassador susan rice, who had nothing to do with this tragic benghazi attack, or its aftermath, is made the scapegoat of the tragedy because she relayed to the public, the only official intelligence that was available to the administration at the time. >> i have found no heroes here in washington. the focus on... and in some case, the obsessive focus on ambassador rice's appearance on a series of sunday shows several months ago is misplaced and misguided. >> why did the administration put her out there as the spokesperson to end up misleading the world on what really happened in benghazi. i believe a president should be able to pick his cabinet, unless it's something egregeious. the senate robberies are saying, if what you said on five consecutive shows on sunday was false because somebody gave you bad informs, who's the person who gave you the bad information? i do think the white house is going to have to give them that answer for her to be approved. >>
the benghazi talking points? this is very dangerous for the white house. journalists should suddenly start asking real questions. >> whole issue of benghazi has been a dre fair. >> we do not intend to stand by while ambassador susan rice, who had nothing to do with it, tragic benghazi attack, or its aftermath is made the scapegoat of the tragedy, because she relayed to the public the only official intelligence that was available to the administration, at the time. >> i have found no heroes here in washington. the focus on and in some cases the obsessive focus on ambassador rice's appearance on a series of sunday shows several months ago is misplaced and misguided. >> why did the administration put her out there as the spokesperson and try to what it end up being misleading the world on what happened in benghazi? >> i believe the president should be able to pick his cabinet unless something egregious. wait, if what you say on few shows sunday was false because somebody gave you bad information who is the person who gave you the bad information? i do think the white house -- has to give that
to fill the vacancy. >>> after the attack on benghazi there was widespread speculation some would lose their job after the security failure but it has nod happened. and john kerry's nomination as secretary of state could hang in the balance. peter doocy has the pieces together. >> accountability has been brought to bear with regard to the individuals who are, who are senior. >> accountability apparently does not come from a pink slip, because none of the four state department officials placed on legislative leave for failures in the run township the september 11 terror -- runup to the september 11 terrorist attack lost their job. according to a new york post. the spokesperson said the secretary accepted eric boswell decision to resign. as assistant secretary for diplomatic security effective immediately. the other three individuals were relieved of the current duties. chairwoman of the house foreign affairs committee now says that response from the state department is purposefully misleading. >> the truth is nobody is out. they just, shifted that chairs and in fact if you want to screw
the aftermath of the september 11th attack in benghazi. in the letter ambassador rice also expresses her gratitude for the president's confidence and support and assures that she will remain as ambassador at the unions. let's get to our panel. with me in new york is jonathan alter, who is with bloomberg view, and professor michael eric die sorn ayson and ari melber w nation." >> i think this is the sad resolution of what amounted to a right wing witch hunt against ambassador susan rice. i think, first of all, wrongly laying responsibility for the fiasco at her feet. secondly, when facts subsequently came out to suggest that she was marrily repeated what she had been told in terms of intelligence, they were still unrelenting, and then thirdly what this does is displace a highly qualified person for secretary of state from the obama administration who happens to be a person of color and a woman. a rhodes scholar, a doctoral recipient from oxford university, an extraordinary broad career at the state department so to speak in terms of foreign relations and the like. this is a
of state. some people say her elbows are too sharp. but i know her a little bit the benghazi tng she was hung out dry on was the only thing the republicans had after the election to wave the red flag. i don't think it amounted to a hill of beans take it was no different from condoleezza rice, who had been involved in all kinds of things after 9/11 -- >> she could have survived benghazi if she did not have such sharp elbows. >> i don't think republicans wanted to be calmed down out this it w washington and its worst, not its best. >> charles, score one for john mccain and instagram. -- the lindsey graham. >> the issue is not susan rice. the issue is that the administration understood that benghazi is a multiple scandal could why was there no security? no one was answered -- no one has answered that. and all these contradictory stories about the video after everybody knew there or is n a vide ere e the scdals here. for the administration, they were lucky because the press is not interested in this. the only thing that would have revived the store and kept the scandal going would have b
is the september 11 tax on the u.s. mission and an x in benghazi. -- attacks on the u.s. mission and annex in benghazi. three other officials were placed on administrative leave. it may or may not be disciplined. are you satisfied that the investigation is done? >> the most important thing is not whether or not the president called it a terrorist attack or anything like that. the most important thing is to nsure that no, benghazi's happen in the future. there were plenty of mistakes to report. in the future, that the coordination is better and we do not make the same mistakes. that is the most important thing. it was a mistake for mitt romney to use this as a political thing during the campaign. i think foreign policy should be bipartisan to the extent that is possible, and in a time of tragedy, americans need to rally around -- rally together and not try to use it for political, partisan purposes. we need to dissect it, see what happened and make sure it never happens again. there were recommendations that were made, and secretary clinton accepts all of them. we have to make sure that our
was that these meetings did not go well. benghazi was a serious issue. we can debate whether or not susan rice should be blamed for it. but she was front and center. and i think the administration has handled this terribly. they have put her out there as though she's going to be a nominee but they haven't nominated her. john carney is being asked questions about her. now she's under the media onslaught for her investments. companies in iran. investments in canada. she gets all of the downside of being a nominee without any of the infrastructure and support for her. >> we can talk about that and debate that. but what i believe, i think what she did was entirely appropriate. she was given a set of talking points, to the best of our knowledge the white house used one world. she went out there and did it. now she's being torn apart for it. it's as if, when george was interviewing tim geithner was supposed to have gone and add up the numbers for their budget and make sure it was right. >> if she was a nominee there would be a whole infrastructure to support her. >> right. >> none of that is the case. >> i
. but from benghazi to ben affleck. that just happened. >> well done. >> that transition just happened. benghazi to ben affleck, also one of barbara's most interesting or fascinating people. i object. i object because if you are one of the most overexposed celebrities on the planet, i don't think you can still be fascinating. he was fascinating maybe in 1999 when we didn't know literally everything about this man. but even though he has gone through some metamorphosis, he has gray hair, a father, he is old, gray hair, he is choosing good roles finally, i don't find him fascinating. >> i was bored by him more than a decade, he was like the quint essential guy famous for being famous, what he basically informs the 2000, the us aughts. i saw "a go," i saw it a few weeks ago, stuck with me. i'm fascinated how a guy could be that boring for so long and then suddenly become interested. >> but you're -- you're talk bag previous ben affleck a guy of "goodwill hunting" cannot be famous for being famous. >>> immigration could be the political issue of 2013. have pulitzer prize-winning journalist
the attack on the consolelate in benghazi. abc pointing out that rice had been criticized before specifically for her past work during the clinton administration. aledgedly she was a little too sympathetic to the row juan dan president at the time. but there is conflicting reports. >> that's from my upcoming benefit for victims of hurricane sandy. i booked the strongest, smartest comics i could find. my comedian friends and i will raise money to rebuild homes and lives one laugh at a time. >> awe damn, the lights are out! you know what? i'll watch a little television until they come back on. >> only on current tv. [ technical difficulties ] >> it got great reviews when it was on broadway. >> stephanie: right, we're going for booze and dope after the play. >> you should go to porter grill while you are downtown there. >> stephanie: okay. >> stephanie: susan [ inaudible ] owns the place. >> stephanie: awesome. >> let's tell everybody where we're going to be. [ applause ] [ laughter ] >> stephanie: exactly. for all of you pervs out there. sorry mrs. schechner. washington
to sit down with the president. >>> senate foreign relations holds hearings on benghazi, on the attack, but without the secretary of state. >> secretary clinton is recovering from a serious virus and concussion, and given her condition it was simply not possible for her to appear today. >> and if senator kerry ends up succeeding hillary clinton as secretary of state, could we see a hollywood star m senate? >>> president obama for secretary of defense. chick hagel is not a responsible option. >> the nation's leaders come together today to say farewell to hawaii senator dan yet inoyhe. >> he was in every sense the quintessential american. he possessed every virtue that we like to ascribe. >> i'm andrea mitchell. that was a rare honor for danny inyohe. he is only the 31st person in history to lie in state in the rotunda. we expect to hear today from speaker john boehner. very shortly, in fact. the chances are he will be meeting with the president later today, but the chances for a budget agreement seem to be fading. the time grows shorter before the congress goes home for christmas. chris
and during the deadly attack in benghazi. >> heather: peter doocy in washington, thanks. >> gregg: last of the newtown school shooting victims has been laid to rest. hour earns attended services for three children. eight days after the gunman killed 26 women and children. since then, more than $2.6 million worth of condolences have poured into the official memorial fund. >> heather: gun control debate heating up in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, national rifle association bribing go silence yesterday. critics slamming for suggesting them that armed police officers should be placed in every school in america. rick levanthol has a fair and balanced look at the argument. >> a number of viewers bill clinton made a similar proposal back in april of 2000 one year after the columbine shootings. pop warner football pledged $60 million in a fifth refund of founding for the is cops and schools in program placing hundreds of police officers in hundreds of public school when the assault weapon ban was in place 12 years ago. it hasn't stopped critics slamming the nra calling the group'
rice has been caught up in this drama over the benghazi conflict and the deaths of americans in the assault on the u.s. consulate there. while susan rice was not responsible for security of the consulate, she did go on sunday shows and talk about the u.s. response there and she has been accused of deliberately mischaracterizing what happened. all sides -- or the white house has adamantly insisted and she has insisted that she in no way deliberately mischaracterized what happened. she was reading from unclassified talking points and nonetheless this has been caught up in a back and forth and, wolf, if i may, i'm going to read from part of her statement, her letter to the president and what she wrote in part, i am now convinced that the confirmation process will be lengthy, disruptive, and costly to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. that tradeoff is simply not worth it to our country. the secretary of state may never be politicized. she says, i look forward to building on progress in your second term which seems to leave the door open to the po
violence? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the department made mistakes and must do better, but hillary clinton wasn't there today. >>> why are some on the right savaging former republican senator chuck hagel? he's emerged as a strong contender to be the next secretary of defense. >>> finally sarah palin pans "time" magazine's pick of person of the year. but wait until you hear her reasoning. it's straight out of the marx brothers, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. >>> one of the highest profile election campaigns of the new year will be the race for new jersey governor. if you were hoping to see chris christie up agains
.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning signs that there was an imminent attack coming. there wasn't a specific threat, but a lot of attacks on ot
the president who won't call let's say major hasan in fort hood terror or benghazi was terror or can't state war on terror, he certainly shows a lot of toughness and lack of respect for the republicans. wish he showed that on foreign policy. >> look, i think what we've learned is that he is a chicago machine politician who happens to have radical values. he is seeking to run the united states the same way the chicago machine would run chicago. i think the challenge for house republicans is, to design a strategy from the base of strength they have, and to be able to say we are not going to go along with this president taking over the whole country in a centralized model where he will have no accountability. they can borrow endless money the geithner proposal, no accountability to anybody. >> sean: mr. speaker appreciate it. great new book. next, bob woodward takes us inside the fiscal cliff negotiating room. he wrote about the grand bargain that didn't happen. congressman louie gohmert is here. you will be surprised what he has to say. it is the story that is now swept the nation a police officer
on the attack in benghazi that killed four americans. details ahead. >> the family of a u.s. marine who survived iraq and afghanistan says they're fearing for his life in a mexican prison over what they call an innocent mistake. we have that for you as well. a new report on the changing demos of the united states predicts no race will hold a majority in the coming decades. that's all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." >>> first up, a high profile briefing today on capitol hill as lawmakers continue their probe into the deadly 9/11 attack. mike morel talking to house lawmakers behind closed doors, updating them on the investigation as to who carried out the attack and why. chris stevens a three others died in the attack. obama administration said it was a spontaneous event linked to a video. catherine herridge is live for us on capitol hill. there's been this back and forth now. even as much as a moment ago about when secretary of state hillary clinton will testify. what do you know? >> good to be with you. we've got a situation where two congressional committees are say
republicans over statements rice made following the attacks in benghazi, libya. it shows after the tragedy saying the attacks began as protests. that were then hijacked by extremists. that's what the cia believed and told her in a briefing given to her that very day. yet, john mccain and others launched a campaign to smear her and block her for moving to the state department. president obama defended rice on numerous occasions, but accepted her decision today with regrelt. just a short time ago, she explained her decision to nbc's brian williams. >> today, i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people, that i not be considered for nomination for secretary of state. i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized. very distracting and very disruptive. there are so many things we need to get done as a country. and the first several months of a second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the the crucial thing done. job creation. that's what matters. and to the extent that my nomination could ha
confirmed would have offered the perfect opportunity to open up this whole benghazi thing, where no answers have yet been given. >> you were on television with her. >> i was, i was. >> on that fateful morning. >> i was on the candy crowley show when she appeared, right here in this building. watched it, had my little pad in front of me. when she said it -- honestly, when she said it, i uttered an expression that i can't say on television. it starts with a b. bull -- >> you didn't believe it? >> i didn't believe it because here you had an attack with rocket-propelled hand grenades, mortars, very well executed, very well prepared. maybe i was a little more sensitive to it because it was on the anniversary of september 11th, i had just come from a dinner with all the people that survived september 11th with me. i said is this woman out of her mind? what is she talking about, a spontaneous attack? did somebody give her that? and this idea that she just read the notes. don't you exercise some intelligence about this? >> in an op-ed piece in the "washington post" she says these unclassified point
to testify on capitol hill after the terror attacks on benghazi. she was forced to cancel that december 20th appearance on the hill her travel schedule also cut short cancelling a trip to north africa and the middle east. secretary of state hillary clinton hospitalized tonight. more news on that when we get it. i am harris full can ner stay tuned for the latest on the situation. a oo this is the fox report. tonight last minute negotiations in washington right now. we are inside 30 hours from when we all go over the so-called fiscal cliff. if our elected leaders cannot fix the mess they set into motion. they are hoping for we understand a little divine intervention. >> oo have mercy upon us as we gather with so much work left undone. >> they have tried everything else. now praying for a solution to keep americans from feeling the impending higher taxes and deep spending cuts. the senate opening a sunday session with its chaplain. >> look and save us from self-inflicted wounds. >> our coverage continues as lawmakers are still at it. tonight. new video of a plane crash that appeared to leave no
to testify today about the attacks in benghazi. but while suffering from a stomach virus, she fainted, hit her head and sustained a concussion. doctors told her to work from home this week. and deputies testified at today's hearing instead. clinton will still testify in a few weeks, but the gang over at fox are very, very suspicious. >> when you don't want to go to a meeting or a conference or an event, you get a diplomatic illness. >> if she's in the nfl, i wouldn't let her play. but i think she can make a phone call. >> charles, you had a good line. hill ri has severe benghazi allergy. >> i've been doing a lot of work on that. she is the first reported case and it's a very, very severe one. >> very, very severe. let's see the medical report on that. >> first, they wanted to see the president's birth certificate. then they wanted to see his college transcripts. now they want to see hillary clinton's medical records. unfortunately, we've seen this movie before. last year, they -- the right unfairly blamed attorney genric holder for the fast and furious gun walking screen. now, it's secreta
on benghazi and what it purports for the hearing when former assistant secretary of state peter crowley joins us coming up next. ♪ we are gathered here today to celebrate the union of tim and laura. it's amazing how appreciative people are when you tell them they could save a lot of money on their car insurance by switching to geico...they may even make you their best man. may i have the rings please? ah, helzberg diamonds. nice choice, mate. ...and now in the presence of these guests we join this loving couple. oh dear... geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. >>> the i wanted pent investigation into the consulate attack in benghazi has revealed grossly inadequate security and systematic management and leadership failures at the state department prior to the assault on the diplomatic compound, which resulted in the deaths of four americans, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. the scathing 39-page report has now led to the resignation or dismissals of four senior state department officials. in addition to cataloging the security failures in benghazi, the report
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and ultimately incorrect explanation of the circumstances surrounding the attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi, in libya, that resulted to the death of four americans including the u.s. ambassador. >> bottom line -- i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16 september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya, by ambassador rice, i think does not do justice to the reality at the time, and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong. but here's the key -- in real time it was a statement disconnected from reality. gwen: back to our original question, gloria, which we asked about the fiscal cliff, which is, how much of this is about policy, how much of it is about politics? >> again, i'd have to give you the same answer. i think it's about policy partly, clearly on the part of lindsay graham and john mccain. but a lot of it is about politics. they didn't get the chance that i think that a lot of them wanted to during the campaign, because mitt romney actually did not lead the charge on benghazi. john mccain led the charge on benghazi. and they have a sense -- there's no
repeatedly characterized a terror attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi as a protest gone wrong. a statement from the white house maintains her comments were based on intelligence she had at the time. rice explained why it was she and not secretary clinton answering those tough questions on national tv. >> why was it you that sunday morning? of all the people in government, why the u.s. ambassador to the united nations answering questions on the attack. >> it wasn't that usual. i've done shows in the past. secretary clinton had been asked by most of the networks to go on. she had an incredibly gruelling week dealing with the protests around the middle east and north africa that enveloped our embassies. she had to deal with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi. and console the whole state department, greet the families and the bodies. and she declined to do it. and i was asked by the white house if i would do it as the next senior american diplomat. we were talking about a range of issues that week. it wasn't just benghazi as you'll recall. it was a broad spectrum of forei
will talk about the benghazi report, what it means for the administration. josh rogin who is following the story at "foreign-policy" magazine is at the table. >> if you work for them, you would get a material, sometimes generous, sometimes overbearing, sometimes almost coal balls -- cruel boss. he did not know how to apologize, which men of his age and class -- they are not going to apologize to a young private secretary, a typist. he had a way of sort of turning the tables and his version of the apology would say, actually, i am a very kind man and you are doing a very good job today. the issue is never settles. he always had to get the last word in. one night going through whitehall, a gentleman bomb fell nearby. he should not been out at all. and his bodyguard inspector thompson pushed him in a doorway. and a couple of thompson's men were slightly wounded. churchill did not like to be touched. and he said, thompson, don't do that. thompson said, sir, you shouldn't be out here. this is dangerous. churchill said i am only doing this because i know live -- you love to. >> sunday, exten
critics, how she wrongly characterized the attacks in benghazi on september 11th and as reported, the meeting did not clear things up. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> i'm more troubled today knowing, having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice. >> and more convinced than ever that it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama before an election. >> the meeting with the senators getting all kinds of media attention and might have pressed for the press to get more from the white house as jay leno noted. >> and this week, cbs news became the first news organization besides fox to ask president obama who changed the benghazi talking points? >> yeah, this is very dangerous for the white house, and suddenly start asking real questions. >> so, what about it, jim, if jay leno is asking that question, does it mean that the press might be finally catching on? >> i think a couple of things are happening here, first of all, the campaign of sort of race bait
about what happened in benghazi, pick on me. ok. he is the one who was responsible. what was told of the added states -- was told to the united states on that day was a fable. it began with the demonstration, it got out of hand, there was a right, people ended up dead except there was no demonstration at all -- wait a minute -- it was known by the fbi three days after the benghazi attack and two days before susan rice went on tv. the fbi spoke to the people in the embassy they brought back to germany and they all said no demonstrations. what we have is a falsehood that this administration has yet to explain. >> she was working off talking points handed to her, and said if information it continues to be evaluated. that was part of the talking points as well. >> the libyan spokesman preceded her and contradicted the talking points. she chose not to address that for whatever reason. my question goes back to where is the conspiracy, where is the cover-up? where is the scandal? was the benghazi office inadequately secured? absolutely. decisions made at people have to be held accountabl
of the benghazi report which slams the state department for failures at high levels, congressional hearings get underway to unravel the murky details surrounding the deadly terror attack on our consulate. >> i want to first start by apologizing to the deputy-secretaries because you have been brought here as an ruse. >> jon: but the probe turned into a political face-off. some ignored the issues. are the media following their lead? >> shortly after 9:30 this morning, newtown police department received a call for help at the sandy hook elementary school. >> jon: a heart breaking tragedy unfolds in newtown, connecticut. 20 elementary school children and six adults gunned down in their school. the media providing wall to wall coverage and then the focus changes. >> it's so unbelievable and it only happens in america. >> jon: is this the time for liberals and their media lap dogs wto push the agenda against guns? time magazine names its man of the year and guess what? it's barack obama. are you surprised? on the panel this week, writer and fox news contributor, judy miller. richard grenle, who serve
following the benghazi tragedy today ambassador rice withdrew her name from consideration to be nominated for secretary of state. in an interview with brian williams, rice pointed to the distraction the republican attacks have caused. >> today i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country for the american people that i not continue to be considered by the president for nomination as secretary of state because i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done, as a country. and the first several months of the second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done. we're talking about comprehensive immigration reform balanced deficit reduction, job creation, that's what matters and to the extent that my nomination could have delayed or distracted or deflected or made even some of the priorities impossible to achieve, i didn't want that and
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